Best GoPro Alternatives For A Lower Budget

Best GoPro Alternatives For A Lower Budget

GoPro is considered the best action camera in the market and is capable of recording and capturing your sports ventures in Full HD (1080p). But the price tag that comes with the GoPro cameras is something not everybody can afford. Also, since these cameras are mostly used to record action and adventure, there are chances of the camera getting lost, drowning or even damaged during a stunt, so it isn’t the most affordable option to purchase a GoPro.

As of now, GoPro has come out with a number of different action cameras, with the latest being GoPro Hero 5 Black and GoPro Hero 5 Session. Apart from the rectangular shape that the GoPro action cameras are normally seen with, the Session range of cameras comes with a square design and provides a good variety of users.

But even with the progression of features that comes with each new model by the leading camera manufacturing company, it isn’t possible to upgrade the model every time, nor is it a good idea to settle for something that is not up to the mark.

How to find a good GoPro alternative camera?

Even if you are a die-hard GoPro fan, you have to agree that the high cost of the company’s products can definitely put a damper on things and burn a hole in your pocket unnecessarily, when there are some strong competitors in the market. Many of these competitors are Chinese manufacturers that copy the best of features but at a much lower cost. But apart from Chinese alternatives for GoPro, there are various other companies like Garmin, Sony, Olympus, etc. that produce some great cameras to choose from too.

These action cameras come in different shapes and sizes, and you can find a wide range of cameras to suit your needs. Look for these top specifications when making a choice:

  • Depending on what you are recording, pick the recording and picture resolution as well as camera features.
  • Take the size of the camera into consideration so that depending on the sport you choose it for, it fits perfectly and conveniently.
  • Check whether the action camera is waterproof or not, and how tough it is in rugged conditions.
  • Understand whether you require an LCD at the back of the camera to view your recordings or not. Cameras without it will obviously be cheaper.
  • Inquire about the camera's after sales service, and how easy or tough it is to replace the parts or repair in case of any damage.

Buy a GoPro alternative camera to record your next adventure without having to spend a fortune, and also ensure that you receive all the necessary features but at the fraction of the cost that a GoPro would cost you! 

Whether you want a different brand or just a cheaper option, we have created this page that has a bunch of cameras for you to choose from. 

Cheap GoPro alternatives list - (Updated Feb 2017)

This page will keep getting updated as new models hit the market so make sure to check back from time to time!

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Sioeye Iris4G Blink Live Streaming Action Camera

sioeye iris4g blink live streaming action camera

The Sioeye Iris4G Blink Live Streaming Action Camera is an amazing live streaming action camera, which is one of a kind. It comes packed with great features and advanced camera capabilities to provide great aerial footage.

Body and Design

The body of the camera is the usual rectangular one seen on most leading action cameras like GoPro Hero 4. It weighs 3.5oz including battery and has the dimensions - 2.5” wide (65mm), 1.65” (42mm) tall, 1.18” (30mm) deep. The Blink features an all white body that looks sleek and classy.

Sioeye Iris4G Blink Live Streaming Action Camera Camera Features

The Sioeye Iris4G Blink offers the best of both worlds and has amazing recording capabilities along with a live streaming feature. It features a POV of up to 130 degree with F2.8 aperture and comes with various modes that include time lapse, still photo, photo bursts, video capture and live streaming. The sensors on the camera include a GPS and an altimeter, and the Sioeye Iris4G Blink also offers an onboard storage of 4 GB.

The camera has an integrated 2” LCD touch display screen that supports instant playback. The stereo audio is 48kHz with ACC and it includes a 3.5mm stereo mic port. It even supports Bluetooth 4.0, third party Android applications, and works with the Sioeye Camera App that provides over the air...

Drift Ghost-S Action Camera


The Drift Ghost-S Action Camera boasts one of the most powerful chips available, and a leading-edge processor, as well as a Sony CMOS sensor. It uses 7-element aspherical lens technology, and can record videos in 1080p at 60 fps, and take crystal-clear images in 12 MP with extraordinary low-light performance, providing smooth and rich video and images in any atmosphere. The resolution is individually adjustable and combining the photo and video mode, allows you to take images even while recording.

It features a 1700 mAh battery that can power the action camera for about 3.5 hours, allowing a long recording time. It is also equipped with a 2 inch Corning Gorilla Glass LCD screen that is scratch-resistant. This allows users to frame their shots easily, lets them manage and view the videos, and also navigate the camera’s menus to adjust settings.

Drift Ghost-S Action Camera

It has an easy-to-use interface gives a number of user-adjustable settings such as bit rate, frame rate, 10x digital zoom, field of view, resolution, exposure and manual HDMI out. These features along with the camera’s 300° continuously rotatable lens gives you amazing pictures every time! Due to the rotatable lens, the camera can be mounted in any direction and it will...

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera


The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera is a compact, lightweight and waterproof camera that is easy to use and records spectacular footage in ultra HD. It can record videos in 4K/30fps, as well as 2.7K/60fps, 1080p/120fps, 720p/240fps and 480p/300fps with crisp, brilliant detail.

The action camera comes with 3-axis image stabilization (up to 1080p/60fps) so no matter what kind of sport or adventure you want to record, the footage will come out smooth and not shaky. It also has a high sensitivity microphone that works great even when in the waterproof case.

Users can take pictures in 12 megapixel and 8 megapixel, with burst frames of up to 60fps. It also has manual camera control with live preview and enhanced features for taking night shots.

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera

For ease of use, you can control the camera with your voice when it is out of reach or your hands are busy. With its Sensory TrulyHandsfree technology, you can simple say commands like “start recording” or “take a picture” or “remember that” to tag footage for you to easily recollect later.

Easily access relevant performance data with the camera’s G-Metrix technology, which includes speed, altitude, G-force as well as heart rate. The built-in Garmin High-Sensitivity 10...

Sony FDR-X3000R 4K Action Camera


The Sony FDR-X3000R 4K Action Camera is the newest from Sony and comes with 4K recording a well as a plethora of much needed action camera features that are great to give tough competition to the latest GoPro action cameras.

Camera and recording features

The Sony FDR-X3000R 4K Action Camera lets you take POV action movies in high-resolution 4K with Balanced Optical SteadyShot for ultimate image stabilization. It helps in reducing the effects of camera shake internally, by joining the camera’s lens and sensor and moving together to control the whole optical path as one, providing users with clear and stable images.

Sony FDR-X3000R 4K Action Camera

The camera is equipped with the new ZEISS Tessar lens that has considerably lesser lens distortion. It also has a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor along with an acclaimed BIONZ X processor that makes sure the video quality remains dependably strong across all settings.

The ZEISS Tessar lens lets users capture epic ultra-wide-angle views or they can even choose their own from Wide, Medium or Narrow. This will help correct barrel distortion which is common with POV cameras. You can also adjust up to 3x smooth zoom while shooting.


Yi 4K+ Action Camera


The Yi 4K+ Action Camera is Xiaomi backed Yi Technology's third action camera, which was debuted at CES 2017. It gives direct competition to the recently launched GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera, because the Yi 4K+ is the first action camera that has the ability to record videos in 4K at 60fps.

Other leading action cameras like GoPro Hero 5 Black and Sony FDR-X3000R that are capable of recording in 4K can only reach 30 fps. This is also an upgrade on the last Yi 4K action camera that could only record in 4K at 30fps.

The Yi 4K+ Action Camera features a small and compact size, measuring 65 x 30 x 42mm and weighing 96.3 gram (with battery). It is powered using a Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit CPU and Ambarella H2 SoC processor with 2GB of RAM that has a max bitrate of 135Mbps. This chipset helps in consuming lower power while providing 4K Ultra HD videos.

Yi 4K+ Action Camera

The camera is equipped with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for smooth picture and video quality due to the built-in 3 axis gyroscope and 3 axis accelerometer, with cross-border compensation. It comes with 7 layers of glass lens with 155-degree FOV and f/2.8 aperture. It uses Sony IMX377 12MP CMOS image sensor with...

Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera


The Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera is another entrant in the 4k action camera race and features a very rugged design that can take on any conditions, as well as 7 sensors, apart from its 4k capabilities.

It features a vertical design, instead of the usual horizontal or square ones, which makes it easy to grip in one hand and record. The handycam-like design also features a 1.5-inch 115k-dot LCD monitor with an aspect ratio of 4:3, which flips open to the side and can be tilted to get the perfect angles.

Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera

The action camera can record 4K Ultra HD videos at 30fps rates, as well as 1080p Full HD at 60fps and 720p HD at 240fps.  It is equipped with an 8MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that makes use of Olympus' Truepic VII image processor. The lens features a 7-group, 7-element construction that has an aperture of f/2.0 and a wide angle of 204-degrees. It also features a 5-axis digital image stabilizer.

The Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera has 7 sensors built in, with some that are customary as well as some extra ones. The usual ones include a GPS, compass and...

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